Carnarvon.

Wednesday 30th July 2008, Carnarvon.

We have been in Carnarvon for nearly a week already and today was the first time we have ventured out to do any touristy things. Even though this area is known for the small amount of rain they receive it has been overcast and threatening rain nearly every day since we have been here. I decided this morning that although it is forecast for rain we must do something close to town so if it does rain we can at least go home. We went to the Heritage precinct where there are several tourist attractions all in the one area. The ‘One Mile Jetty’ area also houses the lighthouse Keepers cottage museum, Railway museum, Shearers museum and views of the river mouth, so it filled in several hours taking it all in. One thing I did see that was a novel change was a water pump, that consisted of a motor and driving mechanism with an endless chain suspended from it. The pump was carried by wagons and the chain was dropped into wells on station runs. When the pump started, the chain, which was immersed in the water, was turned and when passed through the water some would return to the surface on the chain and when it passed though the driving mechanism it would again separate and be collected in tanks. This pump was one of only two known in existence.